Tuesday, January 11, 2011

And the Caldecott goes to...

As you know, every year the Caldecott Medal is awarded to "the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children."  One thing I learned from Marla Frazee and E.B. Lewis last year at the Fall Festival of Children's Books is that illustrating a good children's book requires an incredibly thoughtful artist.

Since then I've started paying closer attention to illustrators, and I think Erin Stead's debut with A Sick Day for Amos McGee is amazing!  The book, written by her husband Philip Stead, tells the delightful story of a zookeeper and his animal friends, but it's the illustrations that make this book.

I highly recommend checking out Erin's printmaking process as described on the blog Seven Impossible Things.  Also, if you're interested in reading the Stead's thoughts on some of their favorite illustrators from last year, check out their blog.  Mostly just enjoy this beautiful book -- I'm so happy it won the Caldecott!

-- Rebekah